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May 22, 2017 09:02
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Take a look at this if considering a Wouxun KG-UV9D plus.
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The T-650UV is an interesting radio for four reasons.
* A multi(simultaneously)color-display.
* 10 watts.
* A cross-band Repeater capability.
* Price, with respect to the previous 3.
# Prepspective (sic)
From a prepper's perspective -- this is indeed an interesting radio, because for a fairly low price, you are getting a 10-watt, multi-colored display HT, that also gives you two-way cross-band repeater functionality.
That is: the repeater can receive or send on VHF on one channel, while sending or receiving on UHF on the other.
People using this repeater can send to either one of the two channels -- which makes it quite flexible.
You can picture scenarios where a car stops, sets up the repeater; which will then receive/resend on 10-watts, to [relatively, for VHF/UHF] more distant spots.
The menus are non-BAOFENG for sure,
and use a YANTON-specific order.
Once you get the hang on it, the menus are fairly easy to negotiate. Just remember
Menu [button], up down to scroll through options and Menu [button] to select.
There is a voice confirmation of the setting chosen.
Let me get straight to a solution to an annoying thing.
The T-650UV has a nice, colorful screen.
But it only stays on a second or two by default.
It is annoying, but here's how to switch that:
* Menu 22
In the standby, press
[MENU]+[2 SQL]+[2 SQL], screen display:
Press [MENU] to enter, press the [UP]/[DOWN]
to select the desired setting,
press the [MENU] button
to confirm, press the [EXIT] key
to return to standby.
*the options are*
Always ON: Backlight always on
1S-20S: backlight light setting time
Always OFF: Backlight always off
(of course, it is a good idea not to choose always-off,
as it will be kinda hard to turn it back on!).
The box itself is nothing to write home about.
There is really not much in English to see, other than the re-seller HESENATE's white info sticker.
The items within the box (charger, radio, battery, belt clip, carrying lanyard, antenna) are nicely individually wrapped -- which is a requirement I feel, for electronics shipped across the ocean.
The screen is a nice-looking multi-color display.
The square shape is a bit odd, as most displays are rectangular, but they do pack a lot of info onto the display (see figure).
The product listing photo of the T-650UV's display does not do it justice. It looks much better in person.
Mine did come with horizontal scratches and nicks, which kind of "Glow" through with white light from the back-lighting. (See figure).
One nit is that the keys do not light up.
Again, coming from a "prep"spective I am mindful of how a radio will operate in the dusk, or dark. No key back-lighting is therefore a negative.
On the plus side, the keys are decently spaced and easy to work (in daylight).
The menu system is Yanton-specific.
It will take some getting used to.
Tip #2 - be careful swapping on older antennas that you may have. Just make sure that they are capable of handling 10 watts; as many of the older, but nicer, HT antennas were not.
# The Yanton Website
As with (all?) Chinese radio manufacturer sites, the Yanton website is, let's just say, "sparse".
There are a number of dead or "test" pages (see figure); and it looks like the handheld radio products page was last updated in 2015 (see figure. This review was in May 2017.)
Clicking a manual download link returns a "User must login" message - IN CHINESE!. (see figure). Might be tough for the average US-customer to know what to do there Yanton...
*Anyway* -- upon request(s) -- HESENATE provided both the software PDF manual and software.
There is no actual support forum;
mailing lists; or
collection spot of a user community that I could find.
This is NOT a UV-5R, support-wise...
The software is better than what comes from a number of other Chinese manufacturers. Of course, English users may be stumped when being presented with a completely In-Chinese screen -- after(!) selecting [English] as their language during the install.
See the video on the things to click on, to get it to switch to English.
. a nice looking multi-colored display.
. 10 watts.
. fairly sturdy.
. and most importantly, cross-band repeater functionality.
. no key back-lighting.
. non-existent manufacturer support.
4 out of 5 stars.
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